Hello to new friends and old! Stephen and I thought we'd start a blog about our new life together out here in California so that we can keep everyone updated on what is going on with us. We want to stay connected to all our friends across the U.S., and hopefully this will be a tool to help.
We've been married now for a month and a half (48 days!...now the countdown is to our first anniversary!) and life has been great. God blessed us with a wonderful apartment in Santa Clarita, CA (just north of Los Angeles) that we are really enjoying. I've had a lot of fun making our apartment into a home, and Stephen is still asking questions like "Where do we keep the double A batteries again?" I guess that's what happens when he goes to work during the day and I'm left here to organize and find places for things :-)
We had an awesome honeymoon in Maui. It was beautiful and a great time of relaxing and enjoying being together. These are 2 of my favorite pics taken from just outside our hotel. This is the Whaler's Village in Ka'annapali, and the one below is the walkway at the back of our hotel.
Now we're back in Cali and enjoying life together. Stephen is loving his new job and finishes training tomorrow. He has been reminding me that he has to go in for a few hours this Saturday to set up his new work station and I'm getting the feeling that it's something he's really excited about. We're very thankful for God's provision of this great job for Stephen, and the fact that it's something he is passionate about.
Tonight we hosted our first guests, the Mehringers, in our new home. They're another newlywed couple who serve with us in the Jr High Ministry at Grace Community Church. We had a great time of fellowship with them and Stephen broke out his new toy...two remote control helicopters! It was pretty funny watching the boys try to figure out how to control them and trying to avoid getting hit by kamakazi copters.
I'm planning on putting some pictures of our apartment on here in the next couple days. And of course we'll put some wedding pics up as well. Thank you to everyone who came to the wedding and for the many people who helped in one way or another. You all mean
so much to us and helped to make it into an absolutely incredible day. We love you guys!
Til next time,
Stephen and Rachel